Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 VMAs

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 VMAs

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The 34th annual Video Music Awards, known as the VMAs, presented on MTV, was held in Inglewood, California on August 27. The pre-show was hosted by Lil Yachty, Terrence J, Charlamagne Tha God and MTV News’ Gaby Wilson, whilst the main show was hosted by Katy Perry.

The 34th annual Video Music Awards, known as the VMAs, presented on MTV, was held in Inglewood, California on August 27. The pre-show was hosted by Lil Yachty, Terrence J, Charlamagne Tha God and MTV News’ Gaby Wilson, whilst the main show was hosted by Katy Perry.

Throughout the show, there were a total of 19 performances. To start off the pre-show, Cardi B performed her hit single, “Bodak Yellow.” After two more performances by Bleachers and Khalid, Kendrick Lamar kicked off the main show with his songs “DNA” and “Humble.”

To everyone’s surprise, the unlikely duo of Ed Sheeran, and Lil Uzi Vert performed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and Uzi’s “XO Tour Llif3.”

“[It was] definitely surprising because who would think out of everyone, Uzi would come out and sing-along?” said Carlos Diaz (12).

The first award of the night, presented by Paris Jackson, was Best Pop Video, which went to Fifth Harmony for their song “Down,” featuring Gucci Mane.

The night continued with more awards, with six of the 17 awards going to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” The hit won awards such as Video of the Year and Best Hip Hop, some of the most sought-after awards of the night.

Many other awards, like Artist of the Year, went to Ed Sheeran. Khalid was presented with Best New Artist and Song of the Summer went to Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.”

Finally, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award went to P!nk as a tribute to her 17-year long career and impacts on pop culture, music, and fashion.

Once presented with her award, the pop artist gives an empowering acceptance speech to whom she dedicated to her 6-year-old daughter, Willow.

In her speech, she referenced a conversation she had with her daughter about self-image and how it’s important to not change for others but to make others change the way beauty is viewed.

To close the night out, Noah Cyrus presented Perry and Nicki Minaj, who then performed their song “Swish Swish.”